Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall
Steam Level: It’s Getting Warmer
Following the recipe is the key to a successful bake. Rosaline Palmer has always lived by those rules—well, except for when she dropped out of college to raise her daughter, Amelie. Now, with a paycheck as useful as greaseproof paper and a house crumbling faster than biscuits in tea, she’s teetering on the edge of financial disaster. But where there’s a whisk there’s a way . . . and Rosaline has just landed a spot on the nation’s most beloved baking show.
Winning the prize money would give her daughter the life she deserves—and Rosaline is determined to stick to the instructions. However, more than collapsing trifles stand between Rosaline and sweet, sweet victory. Suave, well-educated, and parent-approved Alain Pope knows all the right moves to sweep her off her feet, but it’s shy electrician Harry Dobson who makes Rosaline question her long-held beliefs—about herself, her family, and her desires.
Rosaline fears falling for Harry is a guaranteed recipe for disaster. Yet as the competition—and the ovens—heat up, Rosaline starts to realize the most delicious bakes come from the heart.Goodreads
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This is a hard review to write without spoiling anything because many of my complaints are plot points. So I will simply say I felt like the book focused too much on characters that it should not have. I thought the premise was very original; I liked the forced proximity and the competition that the baking show added. Developing a relationship in that sort of environment would be challenging, and I felt like the book did a good job of picking up on that.
I enjoyed Rosaline’s character was but also expected a little more from her. We saw some character growth, but again, focusing on the wrong characters made it harder to see her growing. I did like how Rosaline being bi-sexual was brought up throughout the story. This book did a good job of pointing out some of the stereotypes that I assume many bisexual people are forced to deal with.
While overall, I enjoyed this book, I just wanted more. I would have liked the ending to be a little more drawn out.
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